Guide

Food packaging

Cling film in food packaging

It is safe to use cling film as long as it is used correctly. The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has produced advice for consumers on using cling film safely. They have also made recommendations to manufacturers on labelling their products to help consumers use them properly.

Guidance on using cling film safely

Not every type of cling film is suitable for all uses. To protect the quality and taste of food and make sure cling film is used correctly, it is important not to:

  • use cling film where it could melt into the food - eg in conventional ovens or with pots and pans on cooker hobs
  • allow cling film to touch the food when re-heating or cooking it in a microwave oven
  • use cling film in contact with high fat foods unless the manufacturer's advice says it is suitable for this

High fat foods include:

  • some types of cheese
  • raw meats with a layer of fat
  • fried meats
  • pastry products
  • cakes with butter icing or chocolate coatings

How plastic food contact materials are regulated

European regulations control the substances used in plastic food contact materials and sets out conditions for using them. The regulation applies throughout Europe and its rules are included in UK food law. Independent expert committees have examined the plasticisers used in cling film and where necessary, restrictions have been introduced to safeguard public health.